Helping Japan Recover

March 15, 2011
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The ongoing disaster in Japan brings home to all of us the fragile nature of everything we build and create for ourselves as a society and how quickly all of it can be reduced to a pile of rubble. The 8.9 Richter scale earthquake, followed by the 23 foot tsunami, followed by extraordinary and...

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Police Briefs 03-15-2011

March 15, 2011
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Larceny in a Building 03/02/11 – A Charles Street jewelry store reported unknown person(s) stole a brass necklace from the store at around 3:30 p.m. Vandalism 03/05/11 – A victim reported her 2010 Mercury Milan had the right passenger-side mirror and door damaged at around 11:30 p.m. OThER INCIDENTS March 2 48 Pinckney St., Frauds...

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New Book Details Nichols House Museum Collection Item

March 9, 2011
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New Book Details Nichols House Museum Collection Item

-By Dan Murphy The Nichols House Museum is receiving new recognition, thanks to the recent publication of  “American Furniture,” which devotes an entire chapter to the significance of one piece in its collection. The book, which was published by the Chipstone Foundation in January and is distributed through the University Press of New England,...

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A Taste of What’s to Come

March 9, 2011
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The unusual warmth over the weekend proved to us that the spring will soon be upon us. Those of us who have been around New England for a while – like all our lives – understand something about the end of winter. It almost never ends in March, and certainly not during the first...

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Ward 5 Democratic Ccommittee Selects Delegates

March 9, 2011
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Ward 5 Democratic Ccommittee Selects Delegates

The Ward 5 Democratic Committee selected 23 delegates last month to represent the ward’s registered Democrats at the Democratic State Convention in Lowell on June 4.The newly named delegates are seen with Sen. John Kerry (second from left) at the Ward 5 Democratic Caucus on Feb. 19.

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Police Briefs 03-08-2011

March 9, 2011
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Demonstration 02/22/11 – A demonstration took place on Beacon Street in front of the State House between 3 and 6 p.m., with a group in support of the union members in Wisconsin. Vandalism 02/23/11 – A victim reported that his 2008 Saturn Astra was vandalized on Temple Street between 5 p.m. and 6:45 a.m....

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Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area 2011 Kick-off Planning Meeting

March 1, 2011
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Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area 2011 Kick-off Planning Meeting

Spring is almost here, and the Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area (PSPA) would like to invite all neighbors and friends to its first meeting of 2011 at the Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St. (across from the playground) on Monday, March 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. In one short year, the PSPA...

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Public Joins in Planning Process for Proposed Public Market

March 1, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Around 130 citizens met at the Stansoll Building on Wednesday to share their ideas for the proposed Boston Public Market – an indoor, year-round public market that would showcase local produce, cheeses, seafood and meat. The approximately 40,000 square-foot market would be located on the first floor of 136 Blackstone St.,...

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The Saga of the Bunker Hill Day Holiday

March 1, 2011
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Last year, there was a celebration among budget cutting members of the State Legislature when Governor Deval Patrick signed a law requiring government offices in Suffolk County to open on Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day. We have our own questions about Evacuation Day remaining as a paid Suffolk County holiday. Forcing the British...

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Police Briefs 03-01-2011

March 1, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 02/15/11 – A Garden Street resident reported that unknown person(s) entered the apartment between noon and 3 p.m. from an unknown point and removed a TV, la laptop, an Xbox and U.S. currency. The front door was wide open, but there was no sign that the door was forced...

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Proposed Mass. Eye and Ear Expansion Remains Controversial

February 22, 2011
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By Dan Murphy The planned expansion of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) campus remained a controversial topic last week at the second public meeting to vet the proposal. According to hospital officials, the development would consist of three projects, including a new approximately research facility at 325 Cambridge St. to replace of three...

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Neighbors Express Concerns over Garden Garage Proposal

February 22, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Around 40 West End residents met at the Amy Lowell Apartments Wednesday to discuss their concerns with the approximately $300 million proposal to replace the Garden Garage with two residential towers and an underground parking structure. Chicago-based Equity Residential has filed plans with the city to raze the existing five-story, 710-spot...

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Arroyo and LaMattina Move to Create Smoke-free Parks

February 22, 2011
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The City Council took the first step towards banning smoking in public parks in the city last week when City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina and City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo introduced a hearing order to investigate and propose policies to limit or restrict smoking in public parks and greenways. “As a youth baseball coach,...

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Reducing the Odds

February 22, 2011
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The lecture given Thursday evening by Sgt. Gary Eblan of the Boston Police Department was extremely well attended and rightly so. Nearly all Beacon Hill residents want to increase the odds when it comes to maintaining their personal safety when walking home, getting into their automobiles, or entering their homes at all times of...

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Police Briefs 02-22-2011

February 22, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – No Force 02/12/11 – Joy Street residents reported they left their apartment and returned a short time later to find U.S. currency was missing from the bedroom nightstand. There was no sign of forced entry. Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 02/12/11 – A victim reported that an unknown person threw...

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Caswell Gallery: A Family Portrait

February 15, 2011
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Caswell Gallery: A Family Portrait

By Dan Murphy Caswell Gallery is a family affair in the truest sense. David Caswell and his father bought the full-service frame and print store on Beacon Hill in 1992 before bringingDavid’s brother in to manage the store’s frame workshop in Quincy. Today, even David’s mother is in on the act as an illustrator...

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Nichols House Museum Celebrating Its Jubilee Year

February 15, 2011
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Nichols House Museum Celebrating Its Jubilee Year

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Nichols House Museum. As a part of this Golden Jubilee Year, the museum will host an array of events, including a Gala Dinner at the Massachusetts State House on Feb. 26; a series of lectures inspired by the interests for Rose Standish Nichols, who...

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Banning Smoking in Public Places

February 15, 2011
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Society has come to a place where many of us who might be inclined to light up a cigarette or a cigar in our own homes would be ordered instantly and without regard for protocol, in most instances, to put out the cigarette or the cigar or be asked to leave the house immediately....

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Police Briefs 02-15-2011

February 15, 2011
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Breaking and Entering, Non-Residence 02/04/11 – At about 5:10 p.m., a male suspect was arrested after forcing open the basement door to a Bowdoin Street church after he was found in the building’s hallway. Verbal Dispute 02/04/11 – At about 9:02 p.m., officers responded to New Chardon and Cambridge streets for a road-rage incident...

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Advent School Leases former Office Building on Charles Circle

February 8, 2011
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Advent School Leases former Office Building on Charles Circle

School will use new space to expand curriculum The Advent School, now in its 49th year on Brimmer Street, has entered into a multi-year lease for the use of a former office building at 99 West Cedar St., just off Charles Circle at the foot of Beacon Hill. “This is an exciting development for...

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John Nucci Receives West End Community Center Partner Award

February 8, 2011
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John Nucci Receives West End Community Center Partner Award

John Nucci, vice president of External Affairs at Suffolk University, is the recipient of the Outstanding West End Community Center Partner Award for 2010. The West End Community Center is an independent, non-profit community center, serving those people who reside and work in the West End of Boston and nearby neighborhoods.  It provides programs...

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Course offers Tactics on not Falling Prey to Crime

February 8, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy If there’s one lesson that Sgt. Gary Eblan hopes to instill in people who attend the class he is teaching on street smarts later this month, it’s to follow their gut feelings. “If you don’t trust your instincts, you increase your chance of becoming a victim,” said Eblan, a 22-year veteran...

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Snow, Rain, Ice, Disaster

February 8, 2011
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Homeowners and property owners throughout the region are now dealing the very real possibility of roof collapse. The heavy snow, followed by recent rain, and the turning the snow into ice, has created a perfect storm of sorts for roof collapse. Most flat roofs on Beacon Hill and in the Back Bay are built...

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Egypt’s Democratic Revolution

February 8, 2011
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We are not diplomats and we certainly have no way to tell President Obama what we believe ought to be done except to say that the United States should let the Egyptian people decide exclusively what they want to do with their nation. The protestors in Cairo and in Alexandria have brought life as...

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